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Robert Cecil (Bobby) Jones

August 20, 1933 ~ August 14, 2020 (age 86)


Robert C. "Bobby" Jones left this earth on August 14, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father John Robert and mother, Katherine (Khaki) Anderson Jones. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jo;  his brother, Tom and Linda Jones of Midlothian; his children, Andy and Cindy Jones of Montpelier, David and Connie Jones of New Canton, Kathy Mitchell of Richmond, Becky  and AC Lightfoot of New Canton, JoElaine and Taylor Justis of New Canton and his devoted Aids January, Darlene and Mary. He had 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. They were the joy of his life.  Mr. Jones was a graduate of Marshall District High School in Arvonia, VA. He spent two years at Spartanburg College before moving back to New Canton and began working at Solite
Corporation. He enlisted in the Army for three years during the Korean Conflict, serving 17 months in Korea -7 of which were in the combat zone. He came back home after the Armistice and went back to work at Solite, spending 44 years there, until he retired. During his employ he worked as manager of Field Services, traveling up and down the East Coast, delivering and insuring quality product that built many important structures and roads, including the Watergate Hotel in D.C., as well as the The Woodrow Wilson Bridge and Interstate 95. He retired as Vice-President of Solite subsidiaries of Massey Concrete Corp, and Solite Lightweight Transportation Corp, as well as General Manager of their Sand and Gravel Division. He was a member of Stonewall Masonic Lodge #200 for over 62 years. He was a lifetime member, and 50+ years Ruling Elder of Arvon Presbyterian Church. Though he had to live in cities in Virginia and North Carolina, his home was always Buckingham County and counted himself as a lifetime resident here. After he retired, he moved back permanently to New Canton with his wife, Jo. He dabbled as a farmer and was Safety Inspector for the building of the Walmart Distribution Center at Zion's Crossroads. He felt His calling was to serve his community and county as Supervisor of the Marshall District. Though not winning all contests, he did win three terms as such and was serving his last term when he passed. He was instrumental in getting the electronic trash areas around the county, as well as an advocate for the new county library. He also had a hand in creating the new elementary school, transforming two old schools into one beautiful structure. He also worked with others in the county to make our roads safer for our newest Amish residents. He was an advocate of the Pipeline and other business ventures in the county, assuring that the changes to Buckingham brought us into the twenty-first century, while working hard to maintain our rural way of life. He was ready to have broad band brought to our entire county and was so pleased to know that the Board passed unanimously to purchase "hot spot" technology for students who didn't have strong internet at home in order to participate fully this Fall when school started online but was too ill to attend that meeting himself. Throughout his time he missed few meetings, and attended all virtually up until three months ago when he took a turn for the worst. Yet, even then he kept in close contact with the County Administrator, wanting to know everything that was going on in the county. Mr. Jones was also an avid turkey hunter and founded the New Canton Hunt club in 1947. The family would like to thank the care givers from CVHS, Heritage Hall Dillwyn, and UVA Hospital for all their kindness and care. Immediate family will have a private ceremony, but are postponing the Celebration of Life Party he requested until after COVID19 is under control, and we can do it the way he wanted. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Arvonia Fire & Rescue.

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